21 Dec '11, 4pm

Judge comes down in favour of solar firms, throws feed-in tariff cuts plan into chaos

The High Court has today upheld a legal challenge from Friends of the Earth and two solar firms against the government's controversial decision to slash feed-in tariff incentives for solar installations, throwing the proposed changes to the subsidy scheme into chaos. The Judge said the consultation was legally flawed and can be subjected to a judicial review. The Court ruled the government had breached rules governing consultation exercises, when it announced that proposed cuts to feed-in tariff incentives would impact installations completed before the end of the consultation period. Mr Justice Mitting said ministers were "proposing to make an unlawful decision" and as a result the court would be "amenable to a judicial review". He also noted that the consultation has already had a "significant impact" on the industry in the form of projects being scrapped. The ruling pav...

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